Alec Weinstein who is a Broadcast Camera Operator/Video Producer sent us this guest post and a very interesting comparison of video shot with a Canon EOS 5D Mark III up against the 4k video shot by a cellphone!
Barry Andersson has been telling me for months that we’d all better watch out for the smart phones, but there are still plenty of reasons to use DSLRs right?
Of course, there are caveats about how this was shot (and you can see that Alec has mentioned them in his piece) – and some other things he didn’t mention (like sensor size and the fact that you can’t change lenses on the smartphone) but we had all better be aware of how things are changing.
What do you think? Is the Galaxy 3 video significantly good or is the Canon EOS 5D Mark III still king?
Galaxy NOTE 3 versus 5D Mark III – 4K in a cell phone!
From Alec Weinstein:
If you are anything like me you make at least a loose attempt at following emerging camera technology. The race for high fps, higher resolutions, greater latitude, bigger sensors, faster lenses… sometimes it seems a bit much; but fun to follow and dream about none the less. Sites like Planet5D and others like it make following the camera arms race easier than it has ever been, serving up a daily dose of need to know info, yet somehow I managed to miss a startling release of disruptive technology in the video camera realm. Your cell phone can now shoot 4K video.
It sounds like a gimmick. I was fast to dismiss the idea as some glitzed-up over-sharpened nightmare selling itself as high resolution- but that didn't stop me from diving at my keyboard in a scramble to witness for myself the reality of 4K from a cell phone. After plowing through the few videos I could find I was left with one inescapable feeling- Holy S@!& it looks amazing… I need one of these phones right now! Which is exactly what happened.
We all know the legacy of the 5D franchise. I own the 5D mark III and use it on a very regular basis in the professional realm. Lets face it, no matter what some may say, the 5D kicks ass. But it can also be said that the 5D series of cameras has always had a fairly soft, should I say… low resolution, look to it. But even so there is no way a cell phone would look better, right?
This video represents a quick- not robust- daylight test of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 versus the Canon 5D3. As with any test there are decisions that have to be made to try to make it a fair test so here is a breakdown of how the test is designed.
The Galaxy Note 3 currently only shoots in Auto Mode when shooting 4K. Other popular camera apps don't yet seem to support the 4K resolution so we can't lock the exposure controls. With that being the case I decided to shoot the 5D3 with the best quality settings I could and try to match the look of the Note footage in post in terms of contrast, saturation, sharpening, color temp, and exposure. I shot the 5D3 footage Neutral, flat style (no sharpening, no contrast, half saturation). Once in the edit bay I tweaked the contrast, saturation, exposure, color temp, and sharpening (unsharp mask) to match the Note 3 footage.
The test yields an exciting result. But there is a part of me that is sad. It is a kind of sadness one might feel when a great player plays on past their prime. Sure, it is great to see them play, but it isn't like when they were on top, and it is only a matter of time before they retire all together. Sure the 5D still dominates in terms of latitude, and its encoding options are better, and low light performance is not even comparable… but even with all the advantages of the 5D3, the image that the Galaxy Note is producing is in many cases- better. There, I said it.
Check out more videos on Alex's Youtube Channel
(cover photo credit: snap from the video)